Newcastle United set to sign free agent after successful trial game against Rangers

Newcastle United continue to bolster their academy ranks.

<p>Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)</p>

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Newcastle United are set to sign Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett.

As per the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, the 18-year-old will officially link up with the Magpies on July 1, which is likely to be with Elliott Dickman’s under-23s.

The 18-year-old left-back was on trial in May and featured for the club’s second string as they claimed a 3-2 win against a Glasgow Rangers B.

Dylan Stephenson, Matty Bondswell and Kyle Crossley all scored for the Magpies second string as they came out on top at Ibrox according to RangersNews.uk.

According to the Spurs website, London-born defender Hackett made 22 appearances for their under-18s side over the last two seasons and continued to be a regular feature in the side as they finished in ninth place in the South Division table during the current campaign.

After representing England at Under-16 level, he earned a maiden call-up to the Under-18 squad in March 2021 and made a ten-minute appearance as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Wales.

Hackett has done enough to impress coaches on Tyneside and a earn a move to the North East.

Indeed, the move does show United are looking to bolster their academy squad throughout the summer in preparation for the new season.

Under-23s lead player development coach Dickman recently urged the existing members of United’s youth ranks to “start taking a little bit more responsibility” when it comes to their own development.

Speaking after the Northumberland Senior Cup Final defeat against Blyth Spartans, he told Newcastle World: “To be fair to the staff within the under-23s programme and the academy, the standards are high.

“Some players, I’m talking the older group, the group we’ve had here tonight, they’ve got to be careful they don’t get left behind.

“Things change quickly in football and the programme and our way of working that Steve has and Neil and Mark have in place for us is exceptional.

“We are working hard and we are trying our best to implement this with the group we have got - but the big thing is these individuals and these players have got to start taking a little bit more responsibility for their performance and their own way of doing things.

“The players have got to take responsibility and we, as a staff, will certainly be driving those standards continually.”

Hackett is set to join Alex Murphy in the under-23s set up, who recently signed from Galway United.